FMS Lady Rockets look sharp in win over Moore County

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Mandi Conley shows the hustle she displayed the entire contest as she dives for a loose ball.

The Forrest Middle School Lady Rockets, coming off a lackluster performance in the World Tournament started the New Year with a huge 36-24 win over the defending Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association state champion Moore County Lady Raiders.

Forrest Head Coach Sherry Jones, a former player from the Rick Insell Shelbyville stable knows what it takes to win games and said after Monday's home contest, "Our defense changed the game. When we started out in a man to man they adjusted, but when we went to the 1-3-1 press in the second half they could not adjust and it was very tough for them to execute their plans."

Defense was the key the entire contest for Forrest as they forced the Lady Raiders into a low scoring affair from the beginning. The Lady Rockets scored only eight first quarter points, but held Moore County to just six for a two point lead after the first six minutes.

Moore County tied the game on their first possession of the second period on two free throws by Autumn Grogan. Mandi Conley and Brittni Perryman sank consecutive buckets to give FMS a 12-8 lead, but Moore County responded with four straight points to re-knot the game.

Seventh grader, Morgan Patton scored her only basket of the ballgame at the end of the half to give the Lady Rockets a 14-12 lead at intermission.

After a Sarah Roby bucket made it 16-14, the Lady Rockets press began to pay dividends as the tandem of Conley and Perryman struck again off of turnovers to push the Forrest lead to 20-14.

Roby, who led the Lady Raiders with fourteen points in the contest scored to make it a 20-16 ballgame, but Adrean Jordan found some space down low and scored to push the lead back to six at 22-16.

An intentional foul on Jordan gave the Lady Raiders a chance to cut into the lead, but they only made one of two free throws and then Jordan redeemed herself with a thundering blocked shot that led to a Candace Daughrity basket.

Jordan would commit her fourth foul of the contest on Moore County's next possession and Jones had to send her to the pine to save her for the fourth period. FMS would lead by seven, 24-17 going into the final six minutes.

The fourth quarter scoring went back and forth for the first three minutes and Forrest led 30-23 when Jordan fouled out at the 2:41 mark.

The defensive play of the game took place on Moore County's next possession when Perryman swiped the rock and fed Conley on the run for a lay-in to make it 32-23.

After one free throw by the Lady Raiders made it 32-24 with just over a minute to go, Scarlett Roberson buried a pretty jumper from the foul line to push the lead to ten points at 34-24.

Moore County was out of time and the Lady Rockets had the twelve point victory at 36-24.

"This gives us some momentum Jones said, any time you have some time off and come out and win is huge."

Roberson and Perryman both had ten points in the game and Jones said about the two girls. "These two have not typically been our scorers and by them scoring, it makes us more of a threat."

"We have had some really good and intense practices lately and I told the girls that I expect them to play the games like they practice and tonight we did."